Tamalpais High School

Tamalpais High School

Infobox Education in the United States
name= Tamalpais High School

imagesize= 320px
motto_translation= Tam's Arch & Tower at Dusk, Summer 2006
streetaddress = 700 Miller Avenue
city = Mill Valley
state = California
country = USA
zipcode = 94941
url = http://www.tamhigh.org
district= Tamalpais Union High School District
oversight= Western Association of Schools and Colleges, [http://www.acswasc.org/ Accrediting Commission for Schools]
principal= Thomas C. Drescher
viceprincipal = Corbett Elsen, Elizabeth Laborde
viceprincipal_label= Assistant Principals
faculty= 81 [http://www.tamdistrict.org/sarc/tamalpais.pdf School Accountability Report Card (SARC)] , accessed 2007-01-06]
fundingtype= Public
schooltype= comprehensive high school
grades= 9-12
language= English
area= Southern Marin County
communities= Mill Valley, Sausalito, Marin City, Strawberry, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Muir Beach, Bolinas and Stinson Beach.
feeders= Mill Valley School District
Sausalito Marin City School District
Bolinas-Stinson Union School District
campus= Suburban
language = English
mascot = Red Tailed Hawk
teamname = Hawks
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founded = 1908
enrollment = 1,075
enrollment_as_of = 2007-08 [ [http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/SchEnr.asp?TheName=amalpais&cSelect=TAMALPAIS%5EHIGH--TAMALPAIS%5EUNION--2165482-2133692&cChoice=SchEnrGr&cYear=2007-08&cLevel=School&cTopic=Enrollment&myTimeFrame=S&submit1=Submit California Department of Education] , accessed July 25, 2008]
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grade10 = 305
grade11 = 297
grade12 = 233
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Tamalpais High School (nicknamed Tam) is a public secondary school located in Mill Valley, California. It is named after nearby Mount Tamalpais, which rises more than 2,500 feet above Mill Valley.

Tamalpais High School is the original campus of the Tamalpais Union High School District and the second public high school in Marin County. As of 2007, Tam's attendance area includes the cities of Mill Valley and Sausalito, the nearby unincorporated areas of Marin City, Strawberry and Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, and the West Marin communities of Muir Beach, Bolinas and Stinson Beach. Mill Valley School District is the largest feeder for Tam, followed by the Sausalito Marin City School District and the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District.


Tamalpais Union High School District was founded in 1907, to serve students from the Mill Valley Elementary and Sausalito Elementary School Districts who had previously commuted to San Rafael to continue their education. Tamalpais Union High School held its first classes on August 4, 1908, in tent-like structures. [http://www.marinij.com/ci_6933170?source=most_emailed Tad Whitaker, "Marin Independent Journal," September 18, 2007, "Tam High to mark its 100th year with fanfare"] , accessed March 3, 2008] Ernest E. Wood took the lead in founding the District and was the first principal. [ [http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/history/golden-anniversary.htm Mill Valley Masons, Golden Anniversary, 1953] , accessed February 26, 2008] By its second year, there were six teachers, 100 students, and 300 volumes in the school library. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=qwAbAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA303&lpg=PA303&dq=%22ernest+e+wood%22+tamalpais&source=web&ots=r_1O1xDDXa&sig=y6RrVCVhiOf5rinwNkABMFeLnxQ#PPA1,M1 California State Library, "News Notes of California Libraries," Vol. 5, No. 3, page 303, 1910] , accessed February 26, 2008] By 1913–1914 enrollment had increased to 175, with 8 faculty; the library holdings had grown to 650 books plus subscriptions to eight magazines and 2 newspapers. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=BhoDAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA309-IA11&dq=%22ernest+e+wood%22+tamalpais California State Library, "News Notes of California Libraries," Vol. 9, No. 2, page 308, April 1914] , accessed February 26, 2008] E, E, Wood was principal for 36 years, until 1944.

Known in its early years as Tamalpais Polytecnhnic High School, Tam was a comprehensive high school from its beginning, with a curriculum that included both academic subjects and technical training. In an interview with the local newspaper the year before he died, Principal Wood said, "I believe the students learned by doing things, I believe in the philosophy of students getting in and doing work and accomplishing things." Architecture students designed the first building and students built several structures on the campus.


* On February 27, 1967, after a year of increased racial tension and disturbances, regular classes were canceled for "Breakthrough Day," a day-long, student initiated teach-in on race relations. All students and faculty met in Mead Theater and then broke into discussion groups around the campus. The event was widely covered by local and national media. [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70D11FF3558107B93CAAB1789D85F438685F9 "New York Times, February 28, 1967, p. 40, "COAST STUDENTS HOLD RACIAL TALK; Bishop Observes Attempts to Seek Solution to Tension"] , accessed February 27, 2008]

* In 1981, Antenna Theater premiered Chris Hardman's "High School" at Tam during the fourth Bay Area Playwrights Festival. The work introduced Hardman's performance art concept, "Walkmanology," with Sony Walkmans providing the narration to audience members as they walked the Tam campus observing the story. [ [http://www.antenna-theater.org/reviewshs81.htm Sylvie Drake, "Los Angeles Times," A Playwright's Festival Gains in the Process," August 1981] accessed March 12 2007 at the Antenna Theater site] In 1982, Antenna presented the "Pink Prom," at Tam. In this play, unrehearsed student actors wore the Walkmans, which provided their stage direction, while the audience interacted with the actors and each other. [ [http://www.antenna-theater.org/reviewspinkprom.htm Bernard Weiner, "San Francisco Chronicle," "A Time-Warp ‘Pink Prom’ in Mill Valley," August 3 1982] , accessed March 12 2007 at the Antenna Theater site] Antenna Theater later spun off its Walkmanology concept to Antenna Audio, which has become a leading international producer of audio tours for museums and other attractions.

*In the 1989–1990 school year, members of the student body petitioned to formally remove the school's original mascot "Indians" at the interdiction of Native American activist and Marin County resident Sacheen Littlefeather. The original mascot had been chosen to recognize the indigenous Native American inhabitants, the Miwoks, and was represented by illustrations (both dignified and caricature), costumed performers, and, beginning in the 1960s, a wooden sculpture affectionately named 'Charlie'. Sports teams were identified only as "Tam" for the fall and winter seasons of that school year. A school-wide contest was held and the "Red Tailed Hawks" was chosen as the winner, beating out other entries such as Mountaineers and Locomotives. The Red Tailed Hawk logo and mascot was adopted beginning in the 1990 - 1991 school year. Tam High was one of the first American institutions to remove the 'politically-incorrect' Native American moniker. [Although the hawk selected as mascot is most commonly referred to as the "Red-tailed Hawk" or "red-tailed hawk," with a hyphen, the mascot is styled as "Red Tailed Hawk," using three capitalized words with no hyphen, by both the student newspaper and the alumni association.]

* On May 9, 1990, following a teacher's death from AIDS, Principal Barbara Galyen announced that students had persuaded the administration to allow the school nurse to distribute free condoms. Tam would have been the first high school in California to dispense prophylactics without parent approval. [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SJ&s_site=mercurynews&p_multi=SJ&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB7323EC39A9185&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM Miranda Ewell, "San Jose Mercury News," May 11, 1990, Page 1A, "Marin School Will Give Condoms to Students"] , accessed March 1, 2008] The plan was very controversial, with objections from some parents and San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn calling for it to be rescinded. [ [http://docs.newsbank.com/g/GooglePM/SJ/lib00189,0EB732401407E3ED.html "San Jose Mercury News," May 12, 1990, Page 4B, Archbishop Advises Against Free Concoms] , accessed March 1, 2008] The following week, after being threatened with a lawsuit by the parents of a student, the District postponed the program indefinitely. [ [http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/60056325.html?dids=60056325:60056325&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=May+18%2C+1990&author=JIM+HERRON+ZAMORA&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=High+School+Agrees+to+Delay+Distribution+of+Condoms&pqatl=google Jim Herron Zamora, "Los Angeles Times," May 18, 1990, page A-34, "High School Agrees to Delay Distribution of Condoms"] , accessed March 1, 2008] In June, Sausalito pharmacist Fred Mayer, originator of Condom Week in 1979, announced that he would give free condoms to high school students that summer. [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SJ&s_site=mercurynews&p_multi=SJ&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB732821BADF0CD&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM "San Jose Mercury News," June 13, 1990, Page 9B, "Condom Giveaway"] , accessed March 1, 2008] Despite the program being deferred, a suit was filed in June. On August 1, the Marin County Superior Court denied the request for an injunction, since the District had not approved the program [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SB&p_theme=sb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB1D71476F7E531&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM "Sacramento Bee," August 2, 1990, page B5, "Condom Giveaway Plan Sinks at Marin School"] , accessed March 1, 2008] About 1996, Tam initiated the Condom Availability Program, which provides free condoms to students who have received parental permission and completed a training session. [ [http://tamhigh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=361 Tamalpais High School, Condom Availability Program (CAP)] accessed March 1, 2008]

* In 1997, Tam sophomore Ari Hoffman won a Marin County science fair, showing that fruit flies exposed to different doses of radiation had increased mutation rates and reduced fertility in proportion to the dose. He was subsequently disqualified from the Bay Area Science Fair when officials ruled that his experiment, which resulted in the premature death of 35 of the 200 "drosophilia," had violated rules on the use of live animals. [ [http://users.aol.com/DaveMcCall/flies.htm "Lore of the Flies", Dave's Page of Bogus Science web site, "Detroit News, pp 8A" 1997-03-21] , accessed 2007-03-07] After widespread news coverage, Hoffman was contacted by Nobel laureate Edward B. Lewis, a geneticist who had begun his own work with fruit flies while in high school. Lewis congratulated Hoffman for his work and sent him a check. [ [http://www.aps-pub.com/proceedings/1502/1500213.pdf Howard D. Lipshitz, "Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society," VOL. 150, NO. 2, JUNE 2006, "Edward B. Lewis Biographical Memoir, pp393-394] , accessed 2007-03-07] The science fair prize was reinstated. (As of 2007, Hoffman graduated from Stanford University and is enrolled in the University of California San Francisco Medical School.)

* Parents of four African-American students from Tam filed a class-action lawsuit against the Novato Unified School District and administrators at San Marin High School over racial slurs made by San Marin students at a basketball game in 1998, charging that a "climate of intolerance" was allowed at San Marin. The Marin County Athletic League put San Marin on probation for a year because of racial insensitivity. [ [http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1999/04/20/novato/index.html Fiona Morgan, "salon.com," "Pride and prejudice: Is Novato, Calif., a breeding ground for hatred -- or just like every other American suburb?," 1999-04-29] , accessed 2007-03-07] [ [http://www.gbchrb.org/fhnews10.htm "The Economist," "Hate Crimes Continue to Increase Nationally - Even in Wealthy Suburbs," 1999-02-27] , accessed 2007-03-07] [http://www.marinij.com/prepsports/ci_8203022 Dave Allen, "Marin Independent Journal," February 7, 2008, "Parents' behavior prompts code of conduct at San Marin High"] , accessed February 11, 2007]

* In 2001, students from Tam and other high schools in the TUHSD formed Marin Students for Liberating Education to discuss the number of prerequisiste classes and level of testing. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/03/16/NB104658.DTL&hw=Tamalpais+High+School&sn=222&sc=261 Kelly St. John, "San Francisco Chronicle," March 16, 2001, "Group Believes It's Time to Liberate Tam School District"] , accessed April 18, 2008] Large numbers of grade 9, 10, and 11 students at Tam and Drake High School boycotted the Stanford-9 achievement tests required by the State's STAR Program after their parents signed waivers. The boycott had been endorsed by school board member Richard Raznikov. Since more than 10% of the students missed the test (22% at Tam and 35% at Drake), the two schools were not given Academic Performance Index (API) rankings, making the schools ineligible for the funds distributed by the State to high-scoring schools. (The three comprehensive high schools in the District, Tam, Drake, and Redwood, received approximately $750,000 in 2000, including individual $1000 scholarships awarded to 339 high-scoring students). [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/05/04/MN231705.DTL Kelly St. John, "San Francisco Chronicle," "Marin students boycott state test: Schools left ineligible for state reward funds," 2001-05-04] , accessed 2007-03-06] Raznikov resigned from the board of trustees in 2002, citing the testing controversy among the reasons. [ [http://www.coastalpost.com/02/06/03.htm Coastal Post, June 2002] ]

* Tam was the subject of local controversy during the 2004-2005 school year when several anti-gay hate crimes were reported by a 17-year-old female wrestler, receiving heavy coverage in the Associated Press and the local newspapers [ [http://www.whatkidscando.org/wire/Wire.asp?SearchCase=FindId&WireId=512 "Marin Independent Journal," "Mill Valley Students Rally Against Hate After Gay-Bashing Incidents at School," December 11, 2004] , accessed 2007-01-31 at whatkidscando.org] . The police determined that the "victim" of the crimes had staged the incidents; when they confronted her with their evidence, the student confessed. Subsequent coverage of the false reports received even greater attention in the media and blogosphere. [ [http://www.michellemalkin.com/archives/002382.htm Michelle Malkin, "Another Hate Crime Hoax," May 9, 2005] , accessed 2007-01-31] [ [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/05/08/state/n125818D89.DTL "San Francisco Chronicle," "Alleged gay-bashing at Marin high school a hoax, police said," May 8, 2005, AP Breaking News, based on information from the "Marin Independent Journal"] accessed 2007-01-31]

* On 2006-01-04, the former president of Tam's Associated Student Body, Nima Shaterian, took his own life. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/15/BAG3PGNKDJ1.DTL "San Francisco Chronicle," "The darkness behind his perfect smile" 2006-01-15] ] A city-wide memorial was held in Mill Valley. [ [http://tamhigh.org/downloads/060105_Letter.pdf Letter dated 2006-01-05, from Principal Chris Holleran to the Tam Community regarding "Death of Nima Shaterian, Class of 2005"] , accessed 2007-01-01] In January 2007, junior Clive Barry also committed suicide. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/22/MNGDANML2R1.DTL "San Francisco Chronicle," "Parents reflect, schools mobilize to curb suicide" 2007-01-22] ; Clinical psychologist Madeline Levine, who studied families in Marin County, hypothesized in her book, The Price of Privilege, that teens from affluent families are often plagued with more psychological distress.]

* In May 2006, controversy over use of a rifle in a physics class demonstration received national coverage. Teacher David Lapp had fired his M1 carbine into a wooden block in his physics classes almost every year since 1992 to allow his students to calculate the muzzle velocity of the bullet based on conservation of momentum. After a complaint from a parent, local police and prosectors investigated and stated that firing the gun may have been a violation of state law. The experiment had been authorized by the school administration. [cite news
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* Misbehavior by parents of San Marin High School basketball players on February 2, 2008, in two games with Tam teams led to drafting of the first code-of-conduct contracts for parents of athletes at a Marin County school. Following a girls junior varsity game at Tam, the mother of a San Marin player followed two referees, shouting obscene insults; later, at San Marin, two parents of San Marin players confronted Tam's coach after he made a gesture indicating that the home team had choked. Novato police were called and the parents were later asked not to attend the remaining games of the season. Tam Principal Chris Holleran said that the coach's behavior was inappropriate, but declined to discuss possible disciplinary action.

Tam High Foundation

In 1996, Principal Frank Gold and a group of parents formed the non-profit Tam High Foundation to raise funds for support of the school. The Foundation raised $60,000 its first year, increasing annual funding to $360,000 by 2007-08. Academic grants of up to $10,000 are made to teachers and administrators. [ [http://www.marinscope.com/millvalleyherald/subpage.php?story=Mn4 Frank Gold and Michelle Klurstein, "Tam Foundation: The little engine that could," "Mill Valley Herald," May 14, 2008] , accessed May 14, 2008]


Tam's first 100 years, from 1908 to 2008, were widely recognized in local media. The Tam Centennial Committee, which included the principal, alumni, parents, retired faculty, and others, began meeting in 2006. The centennial celebration began with kickoff events on Homecoming Weekend in September 2007. Multiple events were scheduled for the year, including a Tam Oral History Project, a centennial documentary, and a celebration over the Memorial Day weekend in 2008.


Initially consisting of only a couple of tents on a shore front campus that allowed students to take their boats to school, the Tamalpais campus was fully developed over the years, but has seen its share of wear and tear. Following a 2004 bond measure, the campus underwent renovations to some of its nearly century-old buildings. The oldest building, Wood Hall, reopened in late August 2005.

The 2005-2006 academic year was delayed by five days when unhealthy levels of mold were discovered in the walls of Keyser Hall. The building was closed, and portable classrooms were used instead of Keyser's 17 classrooms. The mold grew due to runoff from the hillside the building was situated on. Keyser Hall was demolished during the summer of 2006; the site will remain empty for about a year before construction of a replacement building begins.

School administrators are consulting with architects about the construction of a handicapped elevator in front of the school's most recognizable building, Wood Hall. Architects unveiled a plan for a four-story elevator tower in front of the school's signature archway, complete with a bridge to take handicapped students into the building. Staff were shocked at the drastic proposal, which would be costly and would have an extensive impact on the many of the campus' most well-known architectural features. An elevator of some sort may be necessary to comply with handicapped accessibility laws. Administrators have formed a committee to look into alternative ways to provide that accessibility.

Extracurricular activities


Tam has competed in the Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) since the League was established in 1959. [ [http://www.marinij.com/sports/ci_4962075 Bruce Macgowan, "Marin Independent Journal," "Back in the early 1960s, Ed Chavez's Tam High boys teams reigned supreme," 2007-01-06] , accessed 2007-02-27] In prior years, Tam was a member of the old North Bay League. The MCAL is a member of the Marin-Sonoma-Mendocino Conference of the North Coast Section (NCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

The MCAL offers competition in 21 sports as of 2007, including baseball, cross country, football, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and wrestling. Separate teams for boys and girls compete in basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, vollyball, and waterpolo. The only NCS sport that MCAL does not participate in is badminton.

State and North Coast Section (NCS) championships

* Baseball – State Champions, 1928 and 1929 [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/12/13/MNGRANUCCI.DTL&hw=Tamalpais+High+School&sn=236&sc=301 "San Francisco Chronicle," December 13, 2000, "Granucci, Oliver Joseph"] , accessed April 18, 2008]
* Basketball, Boys – NCS Division IV and State Champions, 2000 [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/basketball/files/Master%20Boys%20Results.htm North Coast Section, Team Champions, Boys (1975–2007)] , accessed February 11, 2007]
* Cross County, Girls – NCS Meet of Champions, 1975; NCS Class A Champions, 1977 [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/cross_country/files/Master%20Girls%20Results.htm NCS Fall Team CHhampions – Cross Country] , accessed February 11, 2008]
* Golf, Boys – NCS Co-Champions, 1980 [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/golf/files/Results/Master%20GOLF%20Results.htm NCS, Girls' and Boys' Golf Championships] , accessed February 11, 2007]
* Soccer, Boys – NCS Champions, 2000 [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/soccer/files/Master%20BOYSFALLSOCCERResults.htm North Coast Section Champions, Fall Soccer (Boys)] , accessed February 11, 2008]
* Soccer, Girls – NCS Champions, 2008 [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/17/SP9U10NVLG.DTL Harold Abend, "Tamalpais in the hunt for NCS girls soccer crown,"] "San Francisco Chronicle," May 17, 2008, accessed May 20, 2008] [ Ian Ross, "Blose provides knockout blow", "Marin Independent Journal," May 18, 2008] , p C1]
* Track, Boys – NCS Redwood Empire Champions, 2006; Redwood Empire Division III Champions, 1971 [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/track/files/Master%20Track%20Results.htm North Coast Section Track & Field Results] , accessed February 11, 2007]
* Water Polo, Boys – North Coast Section Champions, 1994
* Wrestling – Anne Campbell – North Coast Section Champion, 2004 and 2005; [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/wrestling/files/Results/2004/2004GirlsRESULTS.pdf North Coast Section Girls Wrestling Championships, February 28,2004] , accessed February 11, 2008] [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/wrestling/files/Results/2005/2005girlsresults.pdf 2005 NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls' Wrestling Championships, February 25, 2005, 235] , accessed February 11, 2008] State Heavyweight Champion, 2004 (non-CIF) [ [http://www.wrestlegirl.com/gnews1003.htm Jason Wilson, "Marin Independent Journal," February 8, 2004, "Tam High girl wins state wrestling crown"] , accessed February 20, 2008]

Three Tam teams have won NCS Scholastic Championships for the highest team Grade Point Average—the Girls Cross Country Team in 1991, with a GPA of 3.58, the Boys Swimming and Diving Team in 1998, with a 3.49 GPA, and the 2008 Softball team, which took first in the Class 2A Redwood Empire, at 3.46. In Spring 2008, the Boys Golf team took third in the NCS, with a 3.57 GPA. [ [http://cifncs.org/awards_programs/files/scholastic_awards/RECORDS.pdf North Coast Section Scholastic Championship Teams (pdf)] , accessed February 11, 2008] [ [http://cifncs.org/awards_programs/files/scholastic_awards/scholastic-spring.pdf North Coast Section Scholastic Championship Teams Awards, Spring 2008] , accessed May 20, 2008]

Four Tam coaches have been recognized as Honor Coaches at the North Coast Section: Bruce Grant (girls track, 1982); Janis Wood (girls track, 1985); Beth Juri (boys volleyball, 1997); and Don Smith (softball, 2003). [ [http://www.cifncs.org/index.shtml North Coast Section] , accessed 2007-02-27]


Although Tam has never won a varsity football championship at the section level, which NCS has held 1919–1930 and 1975–present, [ [http://www.cifncs.org/sports/football/files/RESULTS/Master%20Results.htm NCS Team Champions, Football] , accessed February 11, 2008] the Fall 1966 Tamalpais Indians team set records at the League, State, and national levels. In its second year under coach Willie Hector, 1957 graduate of Tam and former NFL player, the 1966 Indians had a 4–1–1 record in the MCAL and 6-2-1 overall. After sophomore quarterback Don Mackin broke his wrist in the first League game, he was replaced by senior Steve Woodward, in his only season playing League football. In his first game starting at quarterback, against Novato High School, Woodward set the League record for passing, at 546 yards, while split-end Mike Biber set another League record with 15 receptions. [ [Tamalpais High School, 1967 "Pai" yearbook, pp. 138–143] , accessed June 7, 2008] Tam's total offense of 821 yards in the Novato game set the State record and was the second highest ever recorded in the nation. As of 2008, Tam's big day ranks third in California and fifth in the nation. [ [http://www.nfhs.org/core/contentmanager/uploads/pdfs/publications/football_part1.pdf NFHS, "National High School Sports Record Book – Football," p. 77] , accessed June 7, 2008]


In addition to the NCS championships won by the boys team in 2000 and the girls team in 2008, senior goalkeeper Braden Hoyt was named Player of the Year in the fall 2007 Boy's Soccer All League selections. [ [http://www.mcalsports.org/Soccer.htm#0506 MCALsports.org, Soccer All League 2007–08] , accessed June 7, 2008]

Club sports

The Tam High Mountain Bike Team is one of 35 high school teams in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League (non-CIF). In 2007, Tam finished third in Division II. [ [http://norcalmtb.org/teams/index.htm High School Mountain Bike Racing League] , accessed February 20] , 2008]

Mock Trial

Tamalpais High School's team won the 2005 National High School Mock Trial Championship, held in Charlotte, North Carolina. [ [http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/history.cfm Participant History & Past National Winners] , National High School Mock Trial Championship. Accessed July 1, 2007.] [ [http://crf-usa.org/e-News/e-News_4_2_text.html Constitutional Rights Foundation, CRF e-News, Vol 4 No 2, June 2005, accessed 10/27/06] ] [ [http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/history.cfm National High School Mock Trial Championship] accessed 2006-10-27] Tam won the State championship in 2005 and took second place in 1998 and 2007 and third place in 2008. [ [http://www.crf-usa.org/law_government/state/mt_archive.htm Constitutional Rights Foundation, California Mock Trial History] , accessed 2007-02-15] . As of February 2008, the mock trial team has won the Marin County championship 13 years in a row. [ [http://www.marinij.com/marin/ci_5155265 Richard Halstead, "Marin Independent Journal," "Tam High mock trial team wins 12th consecutive Marin title," 2007-02-03] , accessed 2007-02-10] [ [http://www.marinij.com/marin/ci_8181268 Jim Staats, "Marin Independent Journal," Tam High repeats big mock trial win February 5, 2008] , accessed February 20, 2008] The coach of the team since 1997 is local Marin county defense attorney David M. Vogelstein, who won the Advocate of the Year Award in 2005 from the Constitutional Rights Foundation. [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=MIJB&p_theme=mijb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=110D98694C192718&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM "Marin Independent Journal," April 7, 2005, "Tam High mock trial team coach chosen for award"] , accessed March 31, 2008] The team captains for the '08-'09 season are IndiAna Gowland and Frank Alarcon.

Performing arts

Tam High is the original home of the Ensemble Theater Company (ETC), formed by former student (Tam/Drake Class of 1952) and teacher Dan Caldwell, notable alumni of which include Tupac Shakur and Courtney Thorne-Smith. ETC expanded its presence to include Redwood High School and Drake High School in the mid 1980’s. The Daniel Caldwell Performing Arts Center a new facility features a new 10,000 square foot multi-use theatre building as well as significant upgrades and renovations to Ruby Scott Auditorium. The Center was completed in 2006. (ETC was renamed the Conservatory Theatre Ensemble (CTE).

Global Studies

Tam High's Global Studies program has sent students to Orthez, France; Malaga, Spain; London, England; Ireland, Italy, and Vietnam.

In 2000 the Tam News received a license from the Treasury Department to travel to Havana, Cuba and produced their first color magazine issue. The following year, 2001, musicians, artists, and dancers from the school visited Havana's art high schools and spent time creating art together with the Cuban students.Fact|date=September 2007

Student publications

The school's newspaper, the "Tamalpais News" has won awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. Two "News" staff won individual awards for Story of the Year from the NSPA in 1998. [ [http://www.studentpress.org/nspa/winners/story98.html National Scholastic Press Association, 2007 NSPA Online Pacemaker Winners, 1998] ] "Tam News" staff won eight individual Gold Circle Awards from the CSPA in 2001, with 11 total since 1984. In 2006, for the first time since the award was established in 1984, CSPA presented the "News" one of 37 Silver Crown Awards. [ [http://cspa.columbia.edu/docs/contests-and-critiques/crown-awards/index.html Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Contests and Critiques] ] The "News" has experimented with different formats, including a news magazine called "THAT Magazine" from 2003 to 2005. [ [http://www.highschooljournalism.org/Content.cfm?mode=1&newsid=104&id=65 Jennifer Upshaw, "Marin Independent Journal," September 23, 2002, "Novato High's paper shuts down"] , accessed March 6, 2007] The paper introduced a new website in 2006, [http://www.tamnews.org tamnews.org] , which was a finalist for the NSPA Online Pacemaker in 2007. [ [http://www.studentpress.org/nspa/winners/opm07.html National Scholastic Press Association, NSPA Winners, 2007] , accessed March 6, 2007] The staff adviser since 2006, Jonah Steinhart, was a partner in two Silicon Valley startups and was editor of the "Campanile" when he was at Palo Alto High School. [ [http://www.tamnews.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=584 Tam News, 2006-09-27] ] [ [ Michael, Selz, The Wall Street Journal] , accessed 2006-11-20]

The yearbook was called "The Tamalpais Graduate" in early years. Later it became "The PAI."

Awards and recognition

Tamalpais High School was a recipient of the California Distinguished School Award in 1999 and 2005. The school was ranked in the top five percent of American high schools for three years in a row, based on a system devised by Dave Matthews of the "Washington Post" and reported by "Newsweek." Tam ranked the highest of all Marin County high schools, at 428 in 2005, 425 in 2006, and 410 in 2007. [ [http://www.newsweek.com/id/39380/?sort=Rank&count=1351&Search=&start=400&limit=100&year=2007& "Newsweek," "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools"] , accessed March 13, 2008]

Notable alumni and students

The people listed here graduated from or attended Tam. The year shown is the year of graduation for the class that they entered with, unless they are known to have graduated with or identify with a different class.

* William L. Patterson 1911 – attorney; civil rights pioneer
* Roger Kent c. 1923 – attorney; general counsel, U.S. Department of Defense, 1952–1953; Democratic Party campaign manager and State chair [ [http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/lb/main/crm/oralhistories/rkentft.html Carla Ehat & Anne Kent, "Interview with Roger Kent," February 15, l978, Marin County Free Library] , accessed June 8, 2008; Kent had a low opinion of Tam, saying "... I went from there to the Friends School, which was a Quaker School and a very good school. I was in the seventh grade there when the family moved out here [in 1919] and I went right from here to first year in Tamalpais High School, which was a very poor high school at that time.... I guess it was probably symptomatic of public education throughout California at that time. The standards were very, very low."]
* Eve Arden (Eunice Quedens) 1926* – actress ("Our Miss Brooks, Grease")
* Antonio "Tony" Freitas c. 1926 – pitcher MLB, Philadelphia Athletics & Cincinnati Reds) [ [http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/F/Tony-Freitas.shtml the baseballcube.com, Tony Freitas] , accessed March 9, 2008]
* Sam Chapman 1934‡ – athlete (high school & college all star, California Golden Bears; Philadelphia Athletics & Cleveland Indians)
* Art Schallock 1943 – MLB pitcher: Yankees (1953 World Series), Orioles [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/20/SPG1S67HB61.DTL Dwight Chapin, San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 2004, "Former Tam major-leaguers to be honored in reunion"] ] [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/schalar01.shtml Baseball-Reference, "Art Schallock"] accessed 2006-12-07]
* Pat Paulsen 1945† – statesman; comic ("Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour")
* Joe DeMaestri 1946‡ – MLB shortstop: A's, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Yankees, 1957 All Star, 1960 World Series
* Anton Szandor LaVey (Howard Stanton Levey) ~1947 – founder of Church of Satan
* Karl Olson 1948* – MLB outfielder: Red Sox, Senators, Tigers
*Glen Robinson 1950‡ – 1st black U.S. Marshall to head California office [ [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/01/31/BAG8HB34621.DTL "San Francisco Chronicle obituary," "Glen Robinson - U.S Marshall," January 31, 2005] accessed 2007-01-19]
* Matt Hazeltine 1951† – athlete (linebacker, NFL San Francisco 49ers, 1963 & 1965 Pro Bowls) [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DEEDE103CF934A25752C0A961948260 New York Times, "Matt Hazeltine, 53, Is Dead; Former Linebacker for 49ers,"1987-01-17] accessed 2006-12-07]
* Dan Caldwell 1952‡ – actor; drama teacher (Daniel Caldwell Performing Arts Center opened in 2006 at Tam High)
* Rob Nilsson 1957‡ – actor; filmwriter & director, [http://www.robnilsson.com/ 9 @ Night Films] ("On the Edge;" first American director to win both the "Prix de la Caméra d'Or" (Best First Film) at Cannes (for "Northern Lights" in 1979) and the Grand Jury Prize-Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival (in 1988 for "Heat and Sunlight")) [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0632300/maindetails Rob Nilsson Filmography at IMDB] ] [ [http://www.robnilsson.com/ Rob Nilsson official site] accessed 2006-12-07] [ [http://www.festival-cannes.com/films/fiche_film.php?langue=6002&id_film=140 Festival de Cannes, Awards] accessed 2006-12-07] [ [http://www2.sundance.org/pdf/final_festival_awards.pdf Sundance Festival Award Winners] accessed 2006-12-08]
* Elmer Collett 1962‡ – athlete (lineman, NFL San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts) [ [http://www.marinij.com/prepsports/ci_4282378 Bruce Macgowan, "Marin Independent Journal," "Career in the NFL just a part of still-active career for Collett," 09/03/2006-09-03] , accessed 2007-01-11]
* George Duke 1963 – jazz pianist
* Charlie Kelly 1963‡ – roadie (Sons of Champlin); Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
* John Cipollina 1964* – musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
* Bill Champlin 1965* – musician (The Opposite Six, Sons of Champlin, Chicago)
* Charlie Cunningham 1967* – mountain bike pioneer (Mountain Bike Hall of Fame first year inductee, 1988)
* Michael Goldberg 1971‡ – music journalist, "Rolling Stone," founded "Addicted to Noise" online magazine and "Neumu.net" [ [http://neumu.net/ Neumu online music magazine] ] [http://insiderone.net/reports/report0006.html "How I discovered the Blues", Michael Goldberg, "insiderone.net December 2000"] ] [http://www.neumu.net/drama/2003/2003-00022/2003-00022_drama.shtml "Grooving To The Stanley Jackson Trio", Michael Goldberg, "neumu.net August 2003"] ]
* Joe Breeze 1972‡ – mountain bike inventor (Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 1988, founder of Breezer Bikes) [ [http://www.breezerbikes.com/index.cfm?CFID=20126497&CFTOKEN=27733861 Breezer Bikes company web site] ]
* Mario Cipollina 1972* – musician (Copperhead, Soundhole, Huey Lewis and the News, Terry and the Pirates)
* Kathleen Quinlan 1972‡ – actress ("American Graffiti, Apollo 13, Oliver Stone's The Doors, Breach)"
* Cassandra Webb (Cassandra Politzer) 1976‡ - actress ("Starship, Sons and Daughters")
* Merritt Butrick 1977* – actor ("Square Pegs;" Kirk's son, David Marcus ("Star Trek"))
* Peter Shor 1977‡ – mathematician, MIT; MacArthur Fellow
* Signy Coleman 1978‡ – model, actress ("The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light")
* Cintra Wilson 1984 – writer
* Courtney Thorne-Smith 1985* – actress ("Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, According to Jim")
* Chris Chaney 1988* – musician (Jane's Addiction, The Panic Channel)
* Romeo Bandison 1989* – NFL (Cleveland Browns; Washington Redskins); NCAA football coach (Colorado Buffaloes) [ [http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=3843&SPID=255&DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=226196 Colorado Buffaloes, Romeo Bandison Biography] , accessed 2007-02-27]
* Tupac Shakur 1989 – rapper, actor
* Snatam Kaur c. 1990 – musician [ [http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Bibi_Snatam_Kaur SihkiWiki, "Snatam Kaur"] , accessed May 3, 2007]


* Alumni listed in the 2002 Alumni Directory, address unconfirmed
† Alumni listed as "reported deceased" in the 2002 Alumni Directory
‡ Alumni listed in the Biographical Section of the 2002 Alumni Directory

Notable faculty, coaches, and advisors

* Ernest E. Wood, founder and first principal; served from 1908 to 1944; he also originated the proposal for Marin Junior College (now College of Marin); [ [http://www.sfgate.com/c/a/2001/09/07/NB160746.DTL Alex Horvath, "San Francisco Chronicle," September 7, 2001, "Back to school / Graduates return to College of Marin for anniversary celebration "] , accessed March 2, 2008] he died in 1955
* Roy "Wrongway" Riegels coached the Tamalpais High School football team in 1934 and recruited Sam Chapman to play for the University of California at Berkeley. [ [http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-chapman29dec29,1,290071.story "Los Angeles Times," December 29, 2006, "Sam Chapman, 90; halfback on last Cal team to win Rose Bowl"] accessed January 1, 2007]
* Don Michaelian, Fine Arts dept head 1971; Actor (Magnum Force, Escape from Alcatraz)
* Dan Caldwell, Drama; Founder, Ensemble Theatre Company [http://www.ctetam.org/pages/guest_DCaldwell.html]
* Robert Greenwood, Music; jazz musician; California Music Education Association Hall of Fame Award, 2004 [ [http://www.calmusiced.com/awards.htm The California Association for Music Education ] ] (students include George Duke, Sita Dimitroff, Bill Champlin, Ben "King" Perkoff) [ [http://www.mustcreate.org/kid_home/kids1_4_1perkoff.shtml Music in Schools Today: Mentor Max Perkoff ] ] [ [http://www.well.com/user/dreyer/TH_text/DimitroffSpam.htm Sita Dimitroff's Best Teachers ] ]
*David M. Vogelstein, private defense attorney and volunteer coach of the Tamalpais High School Mock Trial team since 1997; received the Mock Trial Advocate of the Year Award from the Constitutional Rights Foundation [ [http://www.marinbar.org/members/news_archive/0505.pdf David Vogelstein, "The Marin Lawyer," May 2005, "Confessions of a mock trial coach"] accessed March 31, 2008]

Tam High in popular culture

* Several students and faculty had credited and cameo parts in the 1968 Steve McQueen film "Bullitt".
* The Tamalpais Marching Band appeared in the 1969 Woody Allen film "Take The Money and Run", while Tam teachers Dan Caldwell and Don Michaelian had small roles as a prison guard and a prisoner. [ [http://www.tamhigh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=47 Tamalpais High School - History of Tam High ] ]
* Since the late 60's, the school hosted many live concerts during lunch breaks, after school and on Saturday nights, with performances by local bands such as The Stanley Jackson Trio, Clover, Soundhole, Michael Bloomfield, Cold Blood, Pablo Cruise, and Jefferson Starship.
* David Crosby's song, "Tamalpais High (At About 3)," refers to when Tam classes end for the day, and was conceived while the musician passed the school on the way to recording sessions in neighboring Sausalito, reportedly at The Plant Studios. It was recorded in February 1971 (though The Plant Studios is said to have opened in 1972). David Crosby — guitar, vocals; Jerry Garcia — guitar; Jorma Kaukonen — guitar; Phil Lesh — bass; Bill Kreutzmann — drums. [ [http://www.deaddisc.com/songs/Tamalpais_High.htm Grateful Dead discography] ]
* 'Sock hop' dance in the 1973 movie "American Graffiti" was filmed in the Boys (now Gustafson) Gymnasium. Tam graduate Kathleen Quinlan appears in dance and bathroom scenes, as was current Tam High French teacher Brian Zailian (then a 15 year old Redwood High student), who is dancing in the crowd.
* Don Michealian, fine art teacher and department chair, appears in the 1973 Clint Eastwood film "Magnum Force" in the pool shootout scene with Suzanne Somers.
* Stan Ritchie, biology teacher at Tam High in the 1960s and 1970s, had a part in the 1978 remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", as a spa patron taking a mud bath. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077745/ IMDb, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)"] , accessed 2007-01-12]
* Tam makes a cameo appearance as the wall in the background on the cover of the 1986 album "Fore!" by Huey Lewis and the News. [ [http://www.bay-area-bands.com/bab00064.htm "FORE!" Album Information, Notes: "Thank You to Tamalpais High School For Supplying Us With The Wall For Our Cover"] , accessed at Bay-Area-Bands.com 2007-02-13]
*"A Time For Dancing," (Davida Wills Hurwin, 1995, Little Brown & Co, ISBN 0316383511) is set partly in Mill Valley and at Tam, which Julianna and Samantha, the main characters, attend; the movie based on the book was shot in 2000, with limited distribution in Europe, and was released in the United States in 2004 [ [http://amazon.imdb.com/title/tt0242953/ IMDB "A Time for Dancing (2000"] ] [ [http://www.petercoyote.com/news0903.html Peter Coyote Fall 2003 Newsletter] , accessed June 9,2007]



*cite news
last = Cluff
first = Susan
title = Tam High: Eight who made a difference
publisher = "Mill Valley Herald"
date = May 2, 2008
url = http://www.marinscope.com/millvalleyherald/subpage.php?story=Mn3
accessdate = 2008-05-03

*cite book
last = Greenwood
first = Robert
title = Tamalpais High School: A Remembered History, 1961 to 2000
publisher =
date = 2003
location =
pages = xv, 410 pp.
url = http://www.tamdistrict.org/misc/tambook.htm

*cite news
last = Oldenburg
first = Chuck
title = A look back at Tam High’s rich history
publisher = "Mill Valley Herald"
date = April 27, 2008
url =
accessdate = 2008-05-03

*cite book
last = Stump
first = Vera
title = The Tamalpais Story: 1906 – 1960
publisher = Graphic Arts of Marin
date = 1961
location = Sausalito, California
pages = 104 pp.

*cite book
last = Tam Alumni Association
title = Tamalpais High School Alumni: Today
publisher = Harris Connect
date = 2007
location = Chesapeake, Virginia
pages = xv, 410 pp.
url = http://www.graduateconnections.com/tamalpais/

*cite book
last = Tam Alumni Association
title = Tamalpais High School Alumni Directory
publisher = Bernard C. Harris
date = 2002
location = Purchase, New York
pages = xviii, 333 pp.

*cite news
last = Whitaker
first = Tad
title = Tam High to mark its 100th year with fanfare
publisher = "Marin Independent Journal"
date = September 18, 2007
url = http://www.marinij.com/ci_6933170?source=most_emailed
accessdate = 2008-03-03

External links

* [http://www.tamhigh.org/ Tamalpais High School] - official site
* [http://www.tam100.org/index.htm Tamalpais High School Centennial] celebrating Our First One Hundred Years: 1908 - 2008
* [http://alexhorvath.newsvine.com/_news/2008/05/24/1509161-telling-the-truth-about-a-pedophile-teacher] Telling The Truth About A Pedophile Teacher
* [http://www.tamnews.org/ "The Tam News"] - student newspaper
* [http://www.tamhighfoundation.org/ Tam High Foundation] - non-profit fund raiser
* [http://www.artfortam.org/ Tam Art Restoration Project] , working on restoration of three WPA Federal Art Project pieces at Tam
* [http://www.ctetam.org/ Conservatory Theatre Ensemble] (formerly Ensemble Theatre Company)
* [http://www.tamhighbiketeam.com/index.htm Tam High Mountain Bike Team]
* [http://www.kaboodle.com/skip/Tam-Alumni-Reunion-Websites.html Tam Alumni and Reunion Websites]
* [http://www.kaboodle.com/skip/tam-celebrities-alumni-of-note.html Celebrities who attended Tamalpais High School]

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